Past Philosophy Colloquia

Fall 2011

Colloquium: "Immigration, Causation and Complicity"
Michael Blake, University of Washington

Monday, November 7 at 5:00 pm
Anspach 155
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Theorists of immigration have largely focused on what states in general ought to do, rather than on what particular states have done.  This latter, though, is an important normative issue, and in ordinary political discourse we often assume that states can do particular things that give rise to legitimate claims to admission on the part of would-be immigrants.  In this colloquium talk, Michael Blake, associate professor of philosophy and public affairs at the University of Washington, will take issue with this ordinary understanding, by focusing on two common patterns of argument and showing them to be somewhat limited.  The first is that states may, by their military actions abroad, acquire obligations to re-settle individuals that other states do not acquire.  The second is that states may, by relying on undocumented labor, lose the right to exclude undocumented immigrants.  Both of these, Blake will suggest, are somewhat crude approximations of good arguments – arguments whose scope is more limited than the popular version of the arguments would suggest. 
 

Public Lecture: "Equality without documents: political justice and the right to amnesty"
Michael Blake, University of Washington

Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm
Anspach 155
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How does the concept of justice apply to the situation of  undocumented immigrants?
Do some undocumented immigrants have a right to remain?    Is deportation a violation of their rights?
In this presentation, Michael Blake, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Washington, will take on some recent arguments supporting a right to amnesty.  He will argue, to the contrary, that undocumented immigrants have accepted the risk of deportation and do not acquire right to remain after long residency.  This conclusion, however, leads us to a distinct interpretation of the morality of deportation, in which the state has good reason to let undocumented immigrants remain - not because this is demanded by justice, but because of more general humanitarian duties.  Just because someone has no justice-based right to remain is no reason to think we are morally right to deport them. 

 

Fall 2009 Speakers

    MATTHEW KATZ, (Temporary Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CMU), " The Analog-Digital Distinction and Its Use (and Misuse) in Cognitive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind," Friday, October 30, Anspach Hall 306, 2PM
Spring 2009 Speakers
    BRIAN COLEMAN, (Temporary Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CMU), " Hume and Quasi Realism," Friday, May 1st, Anspach Hall 150, 2PM
Fall 2008 Speakers
    BRUCE RUSSELL, (Professor of Philosophy, Wayne State University), " Moral Intuitions and Skysight," Friday, October 24th, Anspach Hall 150, 2PM
    JOSHUA SMITH, (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CMU), " Infinitism and Epistemic Normativity," Friday, September 26, Anspach Hall 154, 2PM
Spring 2008 Speakers
    EDWIN CURLEY, (James B. and Grace J. Nelson Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan), " Is there a good argument for religious toleration?," Friday, April 11th, Anspach Hall 257A, 2PM
    MARK SHELTON, (Temporary Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CMU), " Two Conceptions of the Rule of Law," Friday, March 14th, Anspach Hall 257A, 2PM
    BRIAN COLEMAN, (Temporary Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CMU), " What's Wrong with Conflicts of Interest?," Friday, February 22nd, Anspach Hall 150, 2PM
    KEN PARSONS, (Temporary Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CMU), " Three Conditions for Comprehensive Conceptions of Violence," Friday, January 25th, Anspach Hall 257A, 2PM

Fall 2007 Speakers
    BEN CAPLAN, (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University), " The Way Things Were"
    Friday, November 16th, Anspach Hall 169, 2-4 PM
    JOHN WRIGHT, (Professor of Philosophy, CMU), " Hume's First Principles: Breaking Stereotypes and the Threat of Anachronism," Friday, October 12th, Anspach Hall 169, 2-4 PM (Click here to listen)
    ROBERT NOGGLE, (Associate Professor of Philosophy, CMU), " Give Till It Hurts: A Kantian Approach to Beneficence and the Limits of Obligation," Friday, September 28th, Anspach Hall 169, 2-4 PM (Click here to listen)

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